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After a few tries we realised that our after school clubs were just not matching up to our holiday intensives. Below we discuss why:

I reflect on the social and cultural mix of our young musicians, in the very particular context of Teesside with all its challenges, and how positive the project has been.

We increasingly live in a remarkably diverse society, and how we evolve and respond to the challenges of the future will depend on how we can use the creative resources that diversity provides us with.

But how do we provide programmes that are reflective of the communities we serve and representative of 21st century England?

Brighter Sound is looking to identify three trainees to work alongside a team of artists across a range of Brighter Sound activity. This placement aims to support musicians committed to the development of their skills as a creative practitioner.

This year the world has gone to hell in a handcart and the news seems to be that it's not going to get better any time soon. Now, more than ever, our work is needed and it's important that we nurture the part that feeds our passion to continue.

In January 2016 I was tasked with embedding arts award delivery across the whole of our youth music programme. The ultimate aim, that every young person we work with would have the opportunity to achieve an arts award. The challenge; actually putting this into practice and changing the way that we planned and delivered our sessions and projects so that the arts award was at the forefront of the initial planning process

Awards for Young Musicians (AYM), an organisation helping young people from low-income backgrounds to progress musically, has been awarded funding for a new phase of its Furthering Talent programme. Youth Music has invested in Furthering Talent for two more years, enabling AYM to help many more children as well as providing professional development opportunities for music teachers. The new phase sees AYM continuing to partner with local Music Education Hubs in Brighton & Hove, Greater Manchester, and Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent, as well as expanding to two further hub partners in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

Songs from the Singing Ringing Tree was a sustained programme of music making with 180+ children aged 3 to 4 years at risk of language delay over the course of a full academic year, using Mid Pennine Arts’ public realm work to inspire a rich musical response.


My name is Shannon Killarney and I'm interested in setting up a music project at the Brunswick Mill Studios in Ancoats, Manchester. I will be working alongside the owner of the the Studios, Mike Ricard, as well as several teachers of a variety of instruments - I'm a drum teacher, and the other teachers include two percussion and samba band teachers, a bass guitar teacher, and a guitar teacher. Ideally we will also have keyboards and vocal teaching too. The plan is to set up a weekend/after school music workshop for children between the ages of 8 - 14, whereby they don't have to pay for the service. This idea was inspired by the Rising Stars North West project that is based in Stockport, for which I have worked in the past.

‘Music is the best thing I do.  My favourite memories are centred around music, as well as my closest friends met through it.  Writing and performing is an incomparable experience and I am so grateful that it is part of my life’.

‘I have always been in love with music and without it I think I would be lost’.

‘I love music - because homework ruins my life, and music lets me escape’.

These are just a few of the things that children and young people told us about music making as part of Take Note, a county-wide consultation with children and young people about music making.  769 children, young people, parents and carers took part in the consultation through focus groups, written questionnaires, an online survey, one to one interviews and case studies. 

The importance of food in projects.

Amber (21) is a volunteer and part of the Youth Music Reprezent training programme, has written from the heart about classism, austerity and how grime music's relation to poorer areas has been to some degree weaponised by journalists to belittle tragic loss.

Following the deaths of two young aspiring musicians from South East London, a minority of journalists chose to use these deaths to provide a context for articles that were arguably written to cause controversy, sell papers or bait for clicks.

Reprezent works with a lot of young people from these areas who are aspiring artists and have been a starting point for several high profile careers (Stormzy, Novelist, Lady Leshurr, Section Boys). Whilst grime music has elements of 'realness', it is questionable for a journalist to use one persons aspirations to succeed as a musician as an indicator that they were more likely to die than someone else.

Anyway, this is Ambers story...